George Edwin Tate

George Edwin Tate

Birth
Tennessee, USA
Death 14 Aug 1984 (aged 40)
Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 143424977 · View Source
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George Tate, chairman and co- founder of Ashton-Tate of Culver City, Calif., one of the nation's largest independent publishers of software for personal computers, died Friday at his office, apparently of a heart attack. He was 40 years old.

Ashton-Tate was established in 1980 by Mr. Tate and a partner, Hal Lashlee, with a joint investment of $7,500. Its introduction in January 1981 of its initial software, called dBASEII, was instantly successful, and Mr. Tate became a key figure in the industry.

The dBASEII system was followed by dBASEIII and Framework. The systems enable computer users to develop such intricate lists as name and address files and to sort them electronically.

Ashton-Tate is now among the five top independent publishers of software, with revenues last year of $39.8 million. Little Formal Education

Mr. Tate was also a founder and a principal stockholder of Softeam Inc., a software distributor, and Software Centres International, a nationwide franchisor of software retailers. Both companies are based in the Los Angeles area.

Mr. Tate, who lived in Los Angeles, was born in Tennessee and grew up in Greenville, S. C. He had little formal education.

His colleagues said he was a born tinkerer with a strong bent for electronics. Before forming his own company, he was employed by computer and electronics companies and later was a computer consultant.

Mr. Tate is survived by a daughter, Michelle; his parents, Irene and George E. Tate of Greenville; a brother, Charles G. Tate of Los Angeles, and four sisters, Kitty Putnam, JoBeth Kelley and Susan Tate, all of Greenville, and Nuel Tate of Los Angeles.

A memorial service will be held tomorrow at 10:30 A.M. at the Crystal Cathedral of the Reformed Church in America in Garden Grove, Calif.

George Edwin Tate in the California, Death Index, 1940-1997
Name: George Edwin Tate
Social Security #: 251687057
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 4 Oct 1943
Birth Place: Tennessee
Death Date: 10 Aug 1984
Death Place: Los Angeles
Mother's Maiden Name: Sexton

George Tate in the U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
Name: George Tate
SSN: 251-68-7057
BORN: 4 Oct 1943
Died: Aug 1984
State (Year) SSN issued: South Carolina (1958)

George Tate: In august, 1980 George Tate and Hal Lashlee form Software Plus. The company later changes its name to Ashton-Tate, the Culver City, CA firm that (thought they) bought the rights to the Vulcan Data Base and who turned it into the fabulously popular and commercially successful dBASE II program that continues to have an impact upon the PC industry to this day.

Tate died at age 40 on August 10, 1983 and fortunately never saw his company go down in flames in a suicidal copyright lawsuit against Fox Software in which Ashton-Tate lost because it was discovered they never really owned the rights to the original Vulcan product. In 1987-88 the dBASE II program would become the inspiration for Dennis Faherty's TI-BASE, which is still the data base standard for the TI-99/4A today.

Hal Lashlee: When Wayne Ratliff began marketing his program (Vulcan) to other hobbyists, it came to the attention of Hal Lashlee and George Tate, who were running an early software distribution company out of Tate's garage. They acquired marketing rights and renamed the product dBASE II. George partnered with a marketing professional, Hal Pawluk, in promoting the product. (Lashlee, an accountant, didn't get involved in day-to-day operations.)


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